Sanitation Workers Charged with Dealing Pain Killers, Cocaine

The charges against these sanitation workers are all but clean.

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    There could have been more than salt in that truck.

    Three city Sanitation workers -- including a supervisor -- were charged Friday with dealing cocaine and oxycodone on Staten Island, prosecutors said.

    It's unclear if their alleged drug dealing happened while they were on the job, however two of them were allegedly making so much money with this sideline that they turned down Sanitation overtime, prosecutors said.

    "These three men are entrusted and paid by the taxpayers in this city to keep our streets clean -- not to fill them with illegal drugs," said DA Daniel Donovan. 

    "They are a disgrace to their hardworking colleagues in the Sanitation Department."

    Sanitation worker Gino Colella, 29, of Staten Island is accused of selling oxycodone and cocaine more than a dozen times between April and December of last year, Donovan said. 

    Colella's co-worker, Robert Miller, 30, of Staten Island, was accused of selling oxycodone to undercovers, prosecutors said.  Both suspects work in Brooklyn, at Garage 13 on Neptune Avenue, officials said.

    A Sanitation supervisor who works on Staten Island, Bernard Basile, 33, reputedly supplied oxycodone to Miller at least once, said Donovan's office.

    A fourth suspect, Staten island resident Margaret Purdee, 31, is also charged with supplying Miller with oxycodone, officials said.

    Policd said they found oxycodone pills in the homes and cars of Colella and Miller Friday morning while executing search warrants.

    All four are expected to be arraigned Saturday at Staten Island Criminal Court.

    Colella, Miller and Basile have not been suspended from their city but could be depending on what the department advocate decides, said a department spokesman.